January Transfer Window: The Players Linked To Newcastle United So Far
We are just three days away from 2023 and the opening of the January transfer window! Here are all the players linked with a move to Newcastle ahead of January 1st
Newcastle are flying high in the Premier League this season and currently sit 3rd in the table as we hit the midway point of the season.
Despite the incredible performances from his players up to now, Eddie Howe will be hoping Newcastle have added further depth to his squad come 1st February. Although, It’s unlikely that The Toon’s hierarchy will be looking to bring in players to go straight into the first eleven like they did last January.
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There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding how much Newcastle will spend in January, with Financial Fair Play restrictions playing a major part in the available budget.
The Telegraph have provided an update that indicates The Magpies won’t be the biggest January spenders two years on the run. They explain that there is no pressure from the owners regarding qualifying for the Champions League this season, which suggests they may not be spend mass amounts to chase a spot in the top 4.
Enzo Fernández – Benfica
Enzo Fernández started in Argentina’s triumph over France in the World Cup Final and was awarded the Best Young Player at the tournament.
The midfielder is currently linked with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool. Fabrizio Romano has reported that Fernández has a release clause worth €120,000,000.
The 21-year-old is currently one of the brightest young talents in world football, highlighted by his performances in the World Cup this winter.
Jorghino – Chelsea
The 31-year-old midfielder’s contract expires at the end of the season and would be open to to a potential move at the end of his contract. Chelsea have offered new terms but are yet to come to an agreement.
The Italian is also interested in a return to his native country, with his former side Napoli open to the move.
James Maddison – Leicester City
Another window can only mean one thing, more links to James Maddison. Newcastle have already had two bids rejected for the Leicester City playmaker back in the summer transfer window.
Toon had bids rejected worth up to £50,000,000 for the England international. The Foxes may be forced to cash in on Maddison either in January or the summer as the midfielder has just 18 months left on his contract.
Moisés Caicedo – Brighton
Yet another midfielder linked with a move to the North East. Newcastle are joined by Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester United with an interest in Caicedo.
Brighton reportedly value Caicedo in excess of £60,000,000 following his first-team breakthrough in the first half of this Premier League campaign.
The Telegraph are reporting that Eddie Howe is keen for a player like Caicedo to join in January due to Jonjo Shelvey’s continuous injury struggles.
Youri Tielemans – Leicester City
Like Maddison, Tielemans has been constantly linked with a move to St James’ Park. However, the Belgian’s contract expires at the end of the season.
Tielemans’ current contract could force Leicester to sell for a cut price in January to avoid the possibility of losing him for nothing in the summer.
Arsenal are also long term admirers of former Anderlecht man and are Toon’s main rivals to his signature.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia – Napoli
Moving away from midfielders now, with Napoil winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. According to The Times, Napoli value the youngster at around £50,000,000.
In spite of interest from Newcastle and Manchester City, Napoli are looking to offer the Georgian a new contract which would double his current salary.
Memphis Depay – Barcelona
SPORT have reported Barcelona are ready to offer Memphis Depay to The Magpies in January.
Depay has only made just three appearances for the Spanish giants this season.
The Dutchman has also been linked with a return to Manchester United in January, with Barcelona keen to offload the forward before his contact expires in the summer.
Marcus Thuram – Borussia Mönchengladbach
Thuram is another one in a contract prediciment with his current club as his contract is due to expire in the summer and is keen to explore his options away from Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Newcastle, Inter, Juventus and Manchester United have all been accredited with an interest in Thuram, with Inter reportedly willing to offer the forward a huge €5,000,000 a year.
The 25-year-old was involved in France’s progression to the World Cup Final with a few impressive cameos off the bench, including the final.
Malo Gusto – Lyon
Mail Online understand that Newcastle have joined Manchester United in the race for Lyon full-back Malo Gusto.
Gusto, who is just 19-years-old, is one of Lyon’s biggest assets and are currently valuing him at £35,000,000.
It is thought that Gusto would be brought in to be an understudy to current first-choice right-back, Kieran Trippier.
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Beth Mead left out of England Women’s World Cup squad
Euro 2022 top goal scorer Beth Mead is not included in England Women’s World Cup squad.
The 27-year-old Arsenal forward has not played since November having been a major doubt for the competition.
This comes after an anterior cruciate ligament injury which she still has not fully recovered from.
England head coach Sarina Wiegman has named the 23-player squad for this summer’s tournament in Australia and New Zealand.
Tottenham striker Beth England, who has not been involved since last summer’s Euro competition is included.
Chelsea centre-back Millie Bright, who has been out with a knee injury since March, has made the 23-player squad.
Sarina Wiegman confirmed Bright would captain the team in the absence of injured defender Leah Williamson.
Wiegman went on to say she never thought Beth Mead would be fit in time for the tournament, saying: “She’s so positive and going well, but the timescale she had we would have taken so many risks to get to the World Cup
“I’m not willing to take that risk to push her too much and she gets injured again. We need to take care of players.”
England play Haiti in their opening match on 22nd July in Australia where they look to build on their success following Euro 2022.
Karl Darlow set for permanent move away from Newcastle United
After a successful loan spell to Hull City, Karl Darlow is poised for a permanent move away from St. James’.
Hull City manager Liam Rosenior has made it clear he wants to keep a hold of Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
Signing for the club in 2014 from Nottingham Forest, he went onto make 100 appearances for the magpies with his debut coming in 2015 under Steve McLaren. His best stint for the club was during the 2020/21 season making 25 appearances. He then saw himself fall out of favour when Martin Dubravka signed for the club and now with Nick Pope cementing the position as his own, Darlow saw himself drop down the pecking order.
Signing for Hull City on loan in January, he has since made 11 appearances keeping 5 clean sheets in the process, with three coming in the last four matches against good opposition in Millwall, Blackburn, and Watford.
“He’s been magnificent since he’s come in,” Rosenior said after Darlow’s clean sheet against Watford on Saturday. “I think he’s massively enjoying working here, I think he’s enjoying the club, he’s settled in with the players really really well.
“What I really like about Karl was as soon as he signed he had his young family come and join him and settle down in the area, and I think that’s helped him. Hopefully we’ll have discussions in the summer about his long-term future.”
Rosenior revealed earlier in the week his intention to keep Darlow at the club, and Hull are believed to be in discussions with Newcastle over making the goalkeeper’s stay at the MKM Stadium permanent – as his loan agreement is believed to have as an option.
Contracted at St. James’ until 2025, it seems as though a permanent move to Hull City would be the best thing for Darlow with his position at Newcastle United seemingly gone.
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Our Premier League Team of the Season 2022/2023
With the season drawing to a close, we have put together our Premier League Team of the Season.
In what has been a season that is set to go right down to the very end, it has been yet another spectacular campaign of football with players breaking out on to the scene and some very memorable moments.
Lets have a look at who we have decided is in the starting 11 for the Team of the Season.
The starting 11 was chosen in terms of not only who we think has been the best in those positions, but also who has either exceeded expectations but also who has done exactly what was expected of them in their position.
Nick Pope, Kieran Trippier and Sven Botman mean Newcastle United make up 60% of the defence in this team, but for good reason. This season, the magpies are currently bosting the best defence in the league conceding the least amount of goals, 24 to be precise.
William Saliba and Oleksandr Zinchenko make up the remaining two spots in the defence, the Arsenal duo have had a great campaign with the gunners still sat top of the league and looking to get their first league title in nearly 20 years.
A midfield three of Casemiro, Keving De Bruyne, and Martin Odegaard, three players so vital to their clubs and all having a wonderful season, it’s hard to put anyone else in there over them.
Up top, we have a front three of Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and Erling Haaland as all three players have had goals, influence, and star power in their clubs to push them to the very top this season.
The substitutes include top of the league goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, which seems harsh to leave him out of the starting squad but up against Nick Pope, either could go in and it would be a good decision, but Ramsdale just makes it onto our bench.
Ben Mee has had a cracking season with Brentford seeing them looking set to enjoy a top half finish with him at the heart of defence. Luke Shaw gets on the bench after a solid season under Ten Hag at United.
Bruno Guimaraes, Gabriel Martinelli, and Harry Kane are the remaining players on the bench, all have had a fantastic season but unfortunately only make the bench for this squad.
Roberto De Zerbi is the manager of the season for us, having joined Brighton in September following Graham Potter’s departure, many thought this spelt the end of Brighton’s good fortunes in the Premier League, but not only did De Zerbi do better than expected of him, he has taken a very good Brighton and Hove Albion team and improved them navigating them to a top half finish.
Manchester City only see two players in this team, although they have had a great season, the rotation of the team sees a great team instead of individual players, which is a testament to how Pep Guardiola wants his teams to be.
Premier League 22/23 Team of the Season:
Nick Pope (GK), Kieran Trippier, William Saliba, Sven Botman, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Casemiro, Kevin De Bruyne, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, Erling Haaland.
Aaron Ramsdale (GK), Ben Mee, Luke Shaw, Bruno Guimaraes, Alexis Mac Allister, Gabriel Martinelli, Harry Kane
Manager: Roberto De Zerbi (Brighton)
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